California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a dozen pro-abortion bills into law Tuesday, intent on expanding elective abortions in a state that already kills about 154,000 unborn babies a year.
The San Francisco Gate reports the new laws include measures to protect abortionists and abortion facilities from lawsuits and prosecution, provide more funding for abortions and abortion travel, offer incentives to medical students to become abortionists and allow nurses to abort unborn babies.
In a statement Tuesday, Newsom, a pro-abortion Democrat, criticized the more than 20 states that are working to protect unborn babies from abortion with pro-life laws and support for families.
“An alarming number of states continue to outlaw abortion and criminalize women, and it’s more important than ever to fight like hell for those who need these essential services,” Newsom said. Contrary to his claim, however, pro-life laws specifically exempt women from punishment. Only abortionists and those who help them can face prosecution for killing unborn babies in abortions.
Newsom went on to brag that California is doing more to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions than any other state.
“Our Legislature has been on the frontlines of this fight, and no other legislative body in the country is doing more to protect these fundamental rights — I’m proud to stand with them again and sign these critical bills into law,” he said.
Among the pro-abortion bills was one that attracted national outrage for potentially allowing infanticide, The Daily Wire reports. State lawmakers did amend the bill, but it is not clear if the changes fixed all the concerns.
Here’s more from the report:
Assembly bill 2223 would prohibit coroners from holding an inquest after fetal death “related to or following known or suspected self-induced or criminal abortion.” The bill would further clarify under the Reproductive Privacy Act that pregnancy loss — through miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or perinatal death due to causes that occurred in utero — would not be criminalized.
… State Sen. Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), who has pressed Wicks since introducing it in the state legislature, called the bill a “grotesque callousness toward the unborn.”
“With Newsom’s signing of AB 2223 if you attempt to abort your baby but it’s born alive, you can now let it die or kill it and no one can investigate the death or hold the woman/person who helped her criminally liable,” Melendez said in a tweet. “ This is grotesque callousness toward the unborn.”
Newsom also signed bills allowing nurse practitioners to abort unborn babies in the first trimester without the supervision of a doctor, creating new loans and scholarships to incentivize medical students to become abortionists, and banning authorities and technology companies in California from helping law enforcement in pro-life states investigate abortions, CNN reports.
The Democrat governor did veto one pro-abortion bill, which would have provided taxpayer funding to a new pilot program to expand abortions in five counties. He said his reason was “lower-than-expected revenues.”
To create the measures, Newsom worked directly with the billion-dollar abortion industry and abortion advocacy groups through the California Future of Abortion Council, a coalition that he formed in 2021.
Jodi Hicks, CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, a member of the council, told the San Francisco Gate that her staff became emotional as they watched Newsom sign the bills.
“It’s been a long year of a lot of hard work,” Hicks said. “You could see a lot of emotion and pride.”
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins also praised the action, claiming abortions are “essential health care” and welcoming women from other states to come to California for abortions.
California aborted approximately 154,000 unborn babies in 2020, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Many expect those numbers will grow as a result of the 12 new laws and other pro-abortion measures from the past several years.
Newsom also signed a budget in June with $200 million dedicated specifically to expanding abortions, including a new, government-run website that tells women from other states how to come to California to abort their unborn babies. It includes $40 million to pay to abort unborn babies whose mothers do not already qualify for a Medicaid-funded abortion or have insurance coverage for the elective, life-destroying procedure, and $15 million to help pro-abortion groups advertise and promote abortions.
California has very few limits on abortion, and it forces taxpayers to pay for them. A new law slated to go into effect next year will force all public colleges and universities to provide abortions on campus. It has the highest number of abortion facilities in the country at 168, according to a new ANSIRH study.